Stroke Program Services
The Atrium Medical Center (Atrium) Stroke Program provides services for the following.
Our Stroke Program Services
- Diagnostic studies
- Thrombolytic (tPA) administration
- Therapeutic services
- Patient and Family Education
- Stroke Support Program
In addition, the Atrium Stroke Program refers patients to the comprehensive rehabilitation program, outpatient services, education, and support.
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program
The availability of an inpatient rehabilitation unit is a major advantage for individuals who have had a stroke. The Atrium Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, located on the fifth floor, is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for both Adult Inpatient and Stroke services.
Patients of the Rehabilitation Center receive an individualized rehabilitation program designed to help relearn skills lost from damage of a stroke. The rehabilitation plan begins while the patient is still in the hospital, as soon as their condition is stable.
The Rehabilitation Center includes the services of a physiatrist who oversees the plan and specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Depending on the individualized plan, a patient will work with the rehabilitation staff, including:
- A neuropsychologist for brain function, family support, and adjustment to disability
- Occupational therapists for fine motor skills
- Physical therapists for mobility and balance
- Speech therapists for regaining language, communication, and brain function
- Recreational therapists for activities to increase function, mobility, and thinking skills
- Social services staff for family support and discharge planning
The entire team will work to help each patient regain their daily living skills.
Social and Emotional Support for Patients and Families
The Stroke Program Coordinator meets with families and patients every day to answer questions, discuss needs, and provide necessary follow-up. Full-time chaplains and social workers are also available to assist and provide emotional support.
Stroke patients and their families want and deserve rapid diagnosis and treatment. After receiving initial treatment, patients need continued support to re-enter day-to-day life.
Patient and Family Education
We teach patients how to control their risk factors and reduce their risk of having another stroke. The following conditions are common modifiable risk factors that, when controlled, can help reduce their risk:
- High blood pressure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Increased cholesterol
- Weight management
- Inactive lifestyle
In addition, patients learn about medications that help reduce their risk of having another stroke, including:
- Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
- Antiplatelet agents (medicines such as aspirin and Plavix that help prevent blood clots)
The Stroke Program works closely with the American Heart Association . Know these stroke symptoms and warning signs and teach them to others. Every second counts:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
If you experience one or more of these signs, don't delay!
Learn more about Stroke Symptoms and Warning Signs.
Learn about Stroke Prevention Strategies.
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